Abba Kyari gets his second request granted by the court.
Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja, on Monday, turned down the bail application filed by the detained former Commander of the Intelligence Response Team, Force Intelligence Bureau of the Nigeria Police Force, Deputy Commissioner of Police Abba Kyari.
Kyari is being held by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on suspicion of being involved in the illegal drug trade.
The judge said the application had been overtaken by the court’s order of February 22, which allowed the NDLEA to detain Kyari for another 14 days, which was moved by his counsel, Cynthia Ikenna.
The bail application was denied by Justice Ekwo.
He said, “The only order I will make now is an order allowing the applicant access to any medical personnel of his choice.
“The court will wait until the duration of the court’s February 22 order has expired.”
The hearing on Kyari’s fundamental human rights enforcement suit was postponed until March 15, 2022, by Justice Ekwo.
Kyari’s lawyer had requested that the court admit her client to bail pending the hearing and determination of the substantive lawsuit he filed against the federal government.
Kyari is hypertensive and diabetic, according to her, and cannot be managed while in the NDLEA’s custody, she said, adding that her client was denied access to his personal doctor.
She also argued that the crimes for which her client was charged were bailable, and that if bail was granted, he would not violate it.
In response, Joseph Sunday, counsel for the Federal Government and Director, Legal Services, NDLEA, told the court that Kyari’s release would jeopardise the ongoing money laundering investigation against him, and that he should therefore be denied bail.
He claimed that the NDLEA had adequate medical facilities to handle his ailments.
Kyari had filed an ex parte motion and originating summons with the court on February 21, seeking bail and asking the court to enforce his fundamental human rights, which he claimed had been violated by his unlawful arrest and detention.
In the main suit, he asked the court to order the NDLEA to pay him N500 million for allegedly infringing on his rights and to issue a public apology to him in some national newspapers.